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Contact:info@dublindragons.com


RECRUITMENT FOR SEASON 2014:
THE DUBLIN DRAGONS AFC are recruiting players NOW!!
Click the 'Recruits' Tab & fill out the Contact Form:
DRAGONS WIN SEASON OPENER!!
DUBLIN DRAGONS 12 @ WATERFORD WOLVES 6

NEXT GAME JULY 6th, KICKOFF 2PM
COWBOYS @ DRAGONS
VENUE: WESTMANSTOWN, SPORTS CENTRE

COWBOYS @ DRAGONS-06th July '14

REAPERS @ DRAGONS-13th April '14
Preview By:Conor O'Driscoll

This Sunday the Dragons and Reapers meet again it what was the hottest rivalry in the IAFL 1 last year. The tow sides finished level on points and only a tie breaker could settle the champion of the division.
The Reapers got the better of the Dragons last year in a hotly contested and dogged 2-0 victory.

However, with both teams improving on offense since and starting life out with the big boys in the SBC with a win each; this Sunday could see a lot more scoring. In the battle of two undefeated promoted teams, will this game breathe fire into the Dragons season? Or will North Kildare Re3ap the rewards of their hardwork.Call down to Westmanstown to watch what should prove to be a thrilling match.

HEAD COACH ROMANOSKI Q & A
Article By:Conor O'Driscoll
via Double Coverage


With the season in plain sight, the barest baby step away in the thousand mile journey that is the offseason, now seemed the perfect time to catch up with John Romanoski, Head Coach of the Dublin Dragons. The Dragons posted a 6-2 record last year and came second in an IAFL-1 bursting with challenges, but a year in the new look SBC holds many first time obstacles Read More....




SUPER BOWL PARTY:
Join the Dublin Dragons American Football Club for their Super Bowl party on February 2nd 2014 The party will kick off around 8pm and go on until late. The event is hosted by our proud sponsor Sinnotts Bar Dublin, South King Street, Dublin 2(top of Grafton Street). Admission is free, but arrive early to secure your seats!!

Sinnotts will show the event live on their 10 big HD screens and there'll be:
* Buckets of Beer
* American Style Wings
* Hotdogs
* & much more…



The teams contesting the NFL title are the NFC champions, the Seattle Seahawks and the AFC champions, the Denver Broncos. It's the first time since Super Bowl XLIV, and just the second time in the past twenty seasons, that the #1 seeds from each conference will meet to decide the championship. The game will feature the league's top offense (Denver) vs. the top defense (Seattle), which has not occurred since Super Bowl XXXVII.

Super Bowl XLVIII will be held at MetLife Stadium, at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Stadium is home to the New York Giants and New York Jets. This will be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment, the first played on February 2, the first to be played outdoors on artificial turf and the first in which two US states (New York and New Jersey) will share hosting duties.

Join the Facebook Event here:

We look forward to seeing you all on the night!!

DRAGONS FOOTBALL!!!

SPUR CHALLENGE FOR PIETA HOUSE:

It’s man versus food when the Dublin Dragons American Football Club get their teeth into a meaty challenge at Spur Steak & Grill at Liffey Valley this Saturday 25th January, to raise money for local charity, Pieta House. Come along for free ribs, wings and facepainting from 2.30pm - 4.30pm! Gathering force and forks at 2.30pm at Spur, members of the Spur-sponsored team will man up to the task of eating as much steak, ribs and wings as they can in 30 minutes.

Spur is making a donation of €200 to Pieta House and collecting further funds on the day. Visitors at Liffey Valley are invited to come along to Spur for free ribs and wings plus face painting for kids from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Pieta House is a crisis centre founded by psychologist Joan Freeman to provide a professional, face-to-face, free of charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress.

See more at:goo.gl/8V5dQ8

and here.

Pieta House Web Link:

ROOKIE CAMPS-RECRUITMENT SEASON 2014:
The Dublin Dragons American Football Club is holding two Rookie Camp weekends for potential new players for season 2014. We will create two Facebook events for both the Rookie Camp dates. If you are able to attend both, then join both or alternatively whichever suits you best.

October:
Sunday 13th - 12.30-4.30pm
Sunday 20th - 12.30-4.30pm


If you have past experience playing or you are a novice but have a love for the sport, this is your chance to try out and see if you have what it takes to play this magnificent sport.

Trials will take place in Westmanstown Sports Club, Garda RFC, Lucan, Co. Dublin on Sunday the 13th and 20th of October from 12.30pm (starting with registration) and training until 4:30pm. Our coaching staff will be on hand to run you through your paces and teach you the fundamentals of the sport.



With the new NFL season just started and the success of the first of the International games in Wembley, football fever is in the air. No experience is needed to participate and equipment will be supplied on the day. All you need to bring is a pair of football boots or cleats, track suit/shorts and a towel. WHATEVER SIZE, SPEED OR AGILITY, THERE IS A POSITION HERE FOR YOU!

IAFL Dublin Dragons vs Tullamore Phoenix from JEFF DOWLING on Vimeo.

Interested in a coaching or non playing position? Just attend the event and we will get you involved with the Club. Alternatively, you can e-mail us here.

If you have played American Football before in Ireland or abroad, we encourage you to join the event!! The Dragons have had players from the US, Germany, UK, Italy, Denmark, Brazil and the list goes on. If you wish to transfer from another Club for whatever reason, we can help with the process as set down by IAFA & EFAF.

See here a Google Map to the Training Ground.

Join the Facebook events links below:
Sunday 13th - 12.30-4.30pm
Sunday 20th - 12.30-4.30pm

OR e-mail info@dublindragons.com and we will contact you with the details!

We look forward to meeting you!!!

Dublin Dragons AFC



PLAYER AWARDS NIGHT-September 6th 2013

MVP WINNERS:
Aidan Waters:Defensive MVP, Augustas Zigmantavicius:Player of the Year,
Anto Burke:Rookie of the Year, Dave Edwards:Offensive MVP.
Photo:Simon Walsh

AWARDS






Croke Park to Host Classic Encounter-CrokePark.ie
University of Central Florida take on Penn State in 2014 College Season Opener. Limited Tickets to Go on Sale Today

Croke Park and the GAA today announced details of the 2014 Croke Park Classic which will see the University of Central Florida (UCF) face Penn State in their 2014 Season opener in GAA HQ on the 30th August 2014.

The GAA welcomed UCF coach George O’Leary and Penn State Director of Athletics Dave Joyner onto the pitch during half time in the Leinster Senior Football Championship Final between Dublin and Meath to officially launch the event.

The Croke Park Classic will be the first time that UCF and Penn State have played outside the United States. The last American Football game hosted in Croke Park was in 1996 when Notre Dame defeated Navy. Both of these colleges were back in Dublin last year when they attracted a capacity attendance of almost 50,000 to their fixture.
“This is a hugely significant event for Croke Park and Ireland. We in the GAA are looking forward to hosting a competitive sporting occasion,” said Páraic Duffy GAA Director General.

“Irish people are renowned for their love of sport as evidenced by the thousands who attend our games throughout the year. I have no doubt that this game will be every bit as attractive".

Organisers of last year’s game in Dublin estimated that the game added €100m to the Irish economy as well as contributing to the nearly 15% growth in American visitors in the period August-October 2012 compared to the same three months in 2011.

Speaking at today’s announcement, Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said: “This will be a fantastic event for Croke Park and for Ireland. The Navy vs Notre Dame game in 2012 welcomed 35,000 US visitors to Dublin. The “Croke Park Classic” will be every bit as important, and just as exciting, and both teams are guaranteed a warm welcome. It’s great news for sports fans, for the GAA and the wider economy. I congratulate everyone involved on making this possible.”

Veteran UCF Knights Coach George O’Leary was a mentor of Penn State Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien at Georgia Tech (1995-2001). “We are very excited about the prospect of playing our 2014 season opener in Dublin,” said Knights Coach O’Leary, in Croke Park for today’s announcement. “It’s a great opportunity for UCF, and a chance for us to grow the exposure of our football programme.”

“On a personal level, Coach O’Brien (Penn State) and myself are both of Irish heritage, so obviously it means a great deal to both of us to be in a position to bring our teams here. We are confident that Croke Park will be an excellent venue for us to play in, we have been hugely impressed to date with the facilities and we are looking forward to a huge crowd to get our 2014 season off to a flying start.”

Delegations from UCF and Penn State travelled over for today’s announcement, and both parties were hugely impressed not just with Croke Park stadium and its facilities, but also with their first experience of Gaelic Football.

“Our visit this weekend has only reinforced our reasons for wanting to come and play in Dublin,” said Dave Joyner, Penn State Director of Athletics. “We've not only grown our appreciation for the games so entrenched in the history and traditions here in Ireland, but have also confirmed that, because of the Irish people and their hospitality, Penn State fans are going to love their time here in late summer of 2014.”

Ireland of course has its own vibrant American Football scene. The IAFL, under the remit of the Irish American Football Association (IAFA) plays adult, full contact American football using NCAA rules – those used in major college football in the USA. Nine teams are playing in the Shamrock Bow Conference, which is Ireland’s top competitive league. The GAA and Croke Park welcome the support of the IAFA.

The Croke Park Classic will take place on Saturday 30th August 2014 and a limited number of end zone tickets were released for sale today from ticketmaster.ie and tickets.ie in advance of a general ticket sale (for a capacity of 69,000) across all GAA outlets, scheduled for mid-autumn.

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